Dr. Theresa Tam Bio, Wiki
Dr. Theresa Tam is a Canadian physician and public servant. Tam was appointed to the position of Chief Public Health Officer of Canada and head of the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) as of June 26, 2017. Tam acted as Chief Public Health Officer of Canada after the retirement of Gregory Taylor in December 2016 until her formal appointment by the Canadian Minister of Health Jane Philpott in 2017.
Dr. Theresa Tam Age
She was born in 1965 and is currently 55 years old as of 2020.
Dr. Theresa Tam Background & Education
Tam was born in British Hong Kong and grew up in the United Kingdom. She obtained her medical degree at the University of Nottingham, a residency at the University of Alberta, and a fellowship at the University of British Columbia.
Dr. Theresa Tam Career
Dr. Tam is a pediatric infectious disease specialist. She has held a number of leadership positions at PHAC such as Assistant Deputy Minister of the Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Branch. Tam said the opioid crisis, which cost over 2,500 lives in Canada in 2016, could be higher than 3,000 in 2017 if the current trend continues. “This far surpasses the number of motor-vehicle fatalities.”
She said overprescription of opioids contributed to this. She has played a leadership role in Canada’s response to public health emergencies including severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), pandemic influenza H1N1, Ebola, COVID-19, and the 2020 coronavirus pandemic in Canada.
Tam has appeared in public service announcements urging personal hygiene, social distancing, and against unnecessary travel, which began airing on all Canadian television and radio stations from March 23, until at least the end of April 2020
Dr. Theresa Tam